File History is a feature in Windows 10 that allows users to automatically back up their files, folders, and settings to an external storage device. It helps protect against the loss of data due to hardware or software failures and can be used to restore individual files, folders, or all of your system settings to an earlier point in time.
To turn on File History in Windows 10, follow these steps:
1. Open the Control Panel by selecting Settings then going to the Update & Security icon.
2. On the left side, select Backup.
3. Select Manage File History Settings and click the toggle switch to turn it on.
4. Select Select drive to select the external drive or network location where you’d like to save your backups.
5. Select Automatically back up my files option to set the frequency of your backups.
6. Click More Options to customize the backups, such as including or excluding specific folders or files.
7. Click Save changes to complete the setup.
8. Go to the File History window and click the Back up now button to manually start the backup.
When File History is active, it will continuously back up the files, folders, and settings of your device, ensuring you always have an up-to-date copy of your system. You can restore files or settings to any point in time as long as your external drive or network location has been continuously connected.
If something goes wrong with your computer, you can use the built-in recovery options in Windows 10 to restore your system to a previous version, or use File History to recover individual files and folders. This can help reduce the amount of time needed to restore your system, allowing you to get back up and running quickly and easily.
By following these steps, you can turn on File History in Windows 10 and ensure your data is safe from disaster or hardware failure.